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Public Safety & Emergency Services

Every thriving community needs people who know where the line is, people who always know what to do — people who know how to turn that adrenaline gut punch into service, not selfishness.

You can be the calm at the center of the storm — the steady voice, the skilled hands, the clear vision. Train your mind and heart to be a guardian. Build a solid career as someone others count on in a crisis.

Public Service & Quiet Satisfaction

Careers in public safety and emergency services range from law enforcement to human services to health care. You might work on the front-line as an EMT or police officer. You can work behind the scenes, too, as an investigator or probation officer.

Public safety is growing more slowly than other career fields. Salaries for safety and emergency professionals are mixed but tend to be near the average for all jobs. Many people who choose these careers are driven not just by earning potential, but also commitment to service.


Public Safety Salaries: Slightly higher than the all-professions average of $45,760 


EMT/Paramedic Salaries: Below the all-professions average

Focus on Law Enforcement & Emergency Response

Studying public safety and emergency services prepares you for a variety of careers, including:

  • EMT/paramedic treating illness and injury
  • Corrections, probation or parole officer rehabilitating offenders
  • Police detective or private investigator assessing evidence
  • Police officer protecting communities
  • Security guard preventing theft or other problems

Public safety and emergency service fields attract people who want to:

  • Act quickly and capably under pressure
  • Draw conclusions based on evidence
  • Enforce the law fairly and ethically
  • Provide front-line care for people in crisis
  • Understand the factors that contribute to crime
  • Work as part of a first-response team

DCC’s programs can prepare you to find a job right away or go on to pursue additional education.